Adopest has fallen . . .Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing and his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed . . .
©2015 Brian McClellan (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Christian Rodska narration is superb. There are hundreds of characters and each is invested with a distinct accent. The only misfire for me was Bo the sorcerer who seemed like an old man not a 20 something wizard! But other than that...faultless!
It tied up all the loose ends from the other books in an exciting and satisfactory way!
His performance bought the book alive! He is superb!
I don't want to spoil the books for those who've yet to listen to them but there are lots of moving moments where characters lives were in peril.
A good listen. It was great to see a fantasy novel set in a world not disimilar to that of Napoleon and Wellington. Apparently the author calls the genre Flintlock Fantasy. The main characters of Tamas, Taniel and Adamat were well written. Some of the female characters less so. But kudos for having the women as soldiers who get involved in the blood and guts of battle. I really enjoyed this trilogy.
Loved it! Great likeable characters, humorous banter, powerful action that gets the hairs on the back of your neck tingling and a distinctive voice for every character. Highly recommended!!
I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks
Story – 5/5
The powder mage trilogy has been one hell of a ride – action packed from start to finish, great world and characters, intriguing politics. For such a complex story to be told for the reader/listener to follow easily suggests masterful story telling from Brian McClellan. He easily makes my top 5 list, and I will be buying everything he releases.
The ending to the story was incredibly satisfying. It has a great climax that any trilogy of this calibre should have, but it doesn’t hit quite as strongly because there were very few quiet moments throughout. It’s not an issue though, character and world driven fantasy tends to be more about the journey anyway, and this definitely delivered on that front.
It is left completely open for more Powder Mage stories, so I hope he does one-offs like Abercrombie has. A well deserved 5/5.
Performance – 4.5/5
Another great performance from Christian Rodska. He creates a fantastic atmosphere in his story-telling, and each character is distinctively recognisable. As GhostMuppet has already said – he does make younger men sound older at times, but I didn’t find this much of an issue.
Overall – 5/5
Internet Application developer who also enjoys good quality SciFi/Fantasy, board games and future Taekwondo black belt.
The final part to the amazing series by Brian McClellan. I have been a fan of Brian's since reading a his short story: The Girl of Hrusch Avenue, and am a Patreon supporter.
This is by far the best book in the trilogy, and sees the conclusion to all the major story plots.
This book concentrates of the privileged more than the Powder Mages, but this is not a bad thing. We are introduced to more of the world and how everything interacts. There is also a lot more politics, and how the future of world will take.
As I have read all the short stories, it was great fun to see a lot of references to them in this book. Not reading them would have no impact on your enjoyment, it just added an little extra to the fans of series who have.
The pacing of the story is maintained throughout the book, and there is no horrible 'this is what happened before'. Brian reminds the reader of the past events by working it into the story in a subtle way. We do not get a 'Do you remember when we captured that bad person? Well, here he is again' rubbish.
Brian McClellan has already stated that he is working on the next trilogy within the Powder Mage world. I for one will be pre-ordering it as soon as i can. This is a great first published trilogy and i hope there will be more short stories leading up to the next books.
The audiobook was of the same quality as before. The same narrator has done all three. My only criticism of the narrator is the fact that some young military people sound old and gruff.
I now have the books in Audio and Hardback. I just need Brian to make a trip to the UK for a signing, so i can tell him in person - thanks for a great series.
These were some amazing books and I loved every moment of listening to them. if you enjoy a complex lyrics woven story with multiple protagonists this is just for you. With a touch of magic but not much other fantasy elements this story is wonderfully colored, and I found my self caring for the protagonists and hating the antagonists. the way everyone is described and narrated makes you fall into the whole thing and I kept finding my self annoyed when I had to put it down. loved it.
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